Cosmetic & Restorative Inlays & Onlays
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What are Inlays & Onlays?
If you have been experiencing tooth damage or decay, your dentist may recommend you have an inlay or onlay procedure. Inlays and onlays are a unique approach to restoration that involves bonding a restoration to a tooth in a manner that strengthens the tooth, rather than weakening it, as is generally the case with some other restorative approaches.
Dental inlays are prosthetics made with ceramic or porcelain, although gold is another material option. The inlay is placed inside the grooves of the biting area or indented top surfaces of your tooth. These inlays effectively restore the strength of your tooth, which makes it easier for you to bite down and chew. In addition to restored strength, dental inlays also improve the general aesthetics and overall appearance of your mouth.
Onlays are used for patients who have experienced more loss of tooth structure. Onlays are made from the same filling as inlays and extend to the cusp of the tooth. Once the onlay has been set properly, patients will find that they have regained a great deal of their strength, which will allow them to be better able to chew and bite.
Nearly all patients are candidates for inlays and onlays. At Brook West Family Dentistry, we are committed to providing our patients with the care and support they need. If you are scheduled to have this procedure or have any questions, please contact our staff to see if inlays and onlays are right for you. We are proud to provide one-of-a-kind personalized care that is tailored to your unique needs.
Caring for Your Inlays & Onlays
It is not uncommon for patients to experience some numbness or irritation following this procedure. Avoiding hot or cold beverages, along with eating sticky foods will help limit this discomfort.
As soon as the discomfort and numbness have subsided, dramatic changes to your diet and or eating habits will not be necessary to properly maintain the inlays and onlays. Be sure that you maintain good dental hygienic practices by brushing and flossing at least twice daily, and continue scheduling your dentist appointments every six months. These checkups are especially important, because they will give your dentist the opportunity to monitor the health of your teeth and potentially warn you of developing decay which can lead to a root canal or even tooth removal.